Though a series sweep was in the cards for the Yankees, their big bats didn't show up as the Phillies' pitching shut them out to salvage the final game of the series, 3-0, in Citizens Bank Park. >> Box score
Things to know about Tuesday's game
1) The Yankees only collected four hits on the night, with Aaron Hicks accounting for two of them. And what was even worse was the fact that only one Yankees base runner reached second base on the night. Zach Eflin, who has done tremendously better in June, was lights out as he kept the Yankees off balance all night. Seranthony Dominguez closed out the game with a six-out save.
2) Luis Cessa didn't provide the Yankees with what they had hoped in his first start of the season. The pitch count soared in the early innings, and after allowing a three-run homer to Rhys Hoskins in the second, Boone had to pull the plug after 74 pitches following the third inning.
3) On a brighter note, the Yankees' bullpen was lights out themselves. Giovanny Gallegos, who was just recalled from Triple-A, threw three shutout innings where he allowed only two hits, and struck out six. Jonathan Holder continued his dominance over one inning, while Domingo German came out of the bullpen once again and shut down the Phils as well.
Sometimes teams run into a hot pitcher and their own staff cannot keep up. That's what happened to the Yanks tonight.
Eflin came into tonight's contest riding a hot streak, and it continued today with seven scoreless innings. Once Cessa fell into immediate trouble in the first and second innings, it was apparent he wouldn't last long with a 75-pitch limit on him to begin with. While Cessa was not as effective as the Yankees would have like, they did received some quality work from the arms that came out of the pen.
That's especially true of Gallegos, who struck out six batters in his three innings of shutout ball. Gallegos has come up and down several times over the last couple of seasons, and has flashed this kind of ability. But it's been muted by sloppier performances.
Gallegos is one of those pitchers that dominates Triple-A, yet has had a difficulty completing his transformation to the majors. Tonight's effort is a step in the right direction, and demonstrates the internal bullpen depth at the Yankees' disposal.
Highlights from Monday's game
The Yankees get a day off to return home and prep for their big series against the rival Red Sox on Friday at 7:05 p.m. CC Sabathia will get the ball and face Eduardo Rodriguez.